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West End producer Duncan C Weldon dies aged 77

Duncan C Weldon, whose memory will be honoured when West End theatres dim the lights on January 31.
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Tributes have been paid to the theatre producer and former administrator Duncan C Weldon who has died at the age of 77.

A prominent figure in British theatre for more than 40 years, Weldon and his long-term business partner Paul Elliott became known for their commercial panache in attracting American film stars such as Al Pacino and Dustin Hoffman to the West End in well-received revivals of classic plays that made them one of the most successful partnerships in contemporary theatre.

They produced more than 300 plays in London and in excess of 400 pantomimes around the UK, and the prolific partnership received a special recognition Olivier award in 2018.

Weldon’s co-production of Arthur Miller’s The Price is currently running at Wyndham’s Theatre and he made a significant contribution to the revival of All About Eve with Gillian Anderson and Lily James, which opens at the Noel Coward Theatre on February 12.

Weldon had also served as artistic director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket for 20 years and as director of Chichester Festival Theatre.

Chichester’s current artistic director Daniel Evans described Weldon as “one of the greatest producers of the 20th century”.

He added: “Many in our industry have reason to be grateful for his flair and vision. Opening nights will not be the same without him.”

Casting director Anne Vosser said: “Very sad to hear the legendary producer Duncan C Weldon has passed away. I was lucky enough to have known him.”

A full obituary can be read here.

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